European Social Security and Global Politics:Eiss Yearbook

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Kluwer Law International B.V., Jan 1, 2003 - Law - 323 pages
The twelve remarkable essays in this book explore this vital issue from a number of enlightening perspectives. European Social Security and Global Politics represents a partial gleaning of the September 2001 conference-held in Bergen, Norway-of the European Institute of Social Security, a leading multidisciplinary research group and the vanguard of the debate on social security in Europe. Fifteen highly committed researchers and administrators from all over Europe offer in-depth analysis and conclusions in such crucial areas as: how globalisation increases inequality and hinders redistribution of wealth how certain social security policies hamper the free movement of workers the elusive promise of regional social security in Europe essential elements of any proposed global social security policy various reform initiatives for the fair administration of pension schemes

In addition to the invaluable individual insights advanced in each paper, two notable trends seem to pervade the entire conference. One is the growing divergence of social security policy within European countries, coexisting uneasily with EU measures against social exclusion; the other is the sudden clarity of principle and design in the European welfare state when seen against the virtual anarchy of the globalisation model. Where these trends may lead us is only beginning to come into focus, and this book is among the first to sharpen the images of the possible futures in European social security that are likely to emerge in the next decade.

All professionals in any aspect of social security policy or study will benefit enormously from this provocative book, not only in Europe but throughout the world.

 

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Contents

An Ambiguous Convergence
3
Some Convergence in the Evolutions of Social Expenditures and of their Financing? Unclear Conclusions
4
The Search for Retrenching the State
13
New Necessary Public Interventions
24
An Ambiguous Convergence
27
Conclusions
41
More Inequality Less Redistribution?
45
The Causes of Increased Inequality
46
Conclusion
163
A Blueprint for a Global Social Security Policy
167
2 The Necessity of a Global Social Policy
168
3 Towards a Global Social Security Policy
177
4 Conclusion
184
The US and the European Social Model in Comparison
189
Perverse Principles of Welfare Reform
199
II Perverse Principles of Welfare Reform
203

Trade Factor Movements and Inequality
48
Redistribution Policies in a World of Factor Mobility
51
Some Evidence
54
Theoretical Modifications
57
Conclusion
58
Globalisation Worker Mobility and Social Protection
61
A Complex Issue
62
Solutions for Problems Concerning the Statutory Social Security Schemes
71
Solutions for Problems Concerning Complementary Social Insurances
85
How Companies Manage the Issue of Worker Mobility Global Employment Companies
87
Conclusion
92
Are Innovative Developments in Southern Africa Relevant to the European Context?
95
2 Background Perspective
96
3 The SADC Treaty and SADC Structures
98
4 Synopsis of Social Security Measures in SADC Member States
104
A Synopsis of Regional Instruments
106
6 The Social Protection of SADC Member States Citizens as Migrants in SADC
110
Comparative Lessons?
119
8 Conclusions
141
Globalisation and the Design of the Welfare State
145
Welfare as a Commodity
147
Welfare as Nonessential Production Costs
155
Globalisation and the Design of the Welfare State
159
5 From Convergence to Divergence
162
III Preferable Principles of Welfare Reform
213
IV Toward a Social Protection State
219
Classic Principles and Designs in European Social Security
225
2 Principles Designs and Measuring Change A Closer Look
227
3 What to Expect?
233
4 Changing Principles and Practices
238
5 Conclusions
258
Maverick or the Only One in Step?
267
The UK System
268
New Labours Pension Reforms
269
The Level of State Basic Pension
270
The Pension Credit
271
Affordability?
272
Costs
274
Funding
275
A Parallel Development
279
Pension Reform in Transition Countries
282
Pension Scheme Reforms in Different Welfare State Frameworks
284
Conclusions
299
European Pension Systems The Real Challenge of the 21st Century
303
2 The Moral of the Story
317
Data and Methods
322
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